A medical diagnosis must be supported by the facts, as obtained from diagnostic testing, patient intake, and analysis of symptoms.
Admittedly, the complexity of modern medicine may require an extended observation period before some conditions can be diagnosed with certainty. Even then, however, a doctor should communicate with patients about possible scenarios. Said another way, a patient has a right to access his or her medical information, and a doctor has a professional duty to keep patients apprised of their status.
Given that duty of care, the allegations against a Florida neurologist in a recently filed medical malpractice lawsuit are hard to understand. The doctor is accused of misdiagnosing two patients with multiple sclerosis and prescribing drugs for MS to them over several years.
The neurologist treated one patient for seven years, prescribing her the drug Tysabria. The patient claims that she suffered several side effects from the drug, including depression, stress and anxiety. The doctor also administered several MRI scans over that period. The misdiagnosis was not caught until the doctor sold his clinic and the patient went to a local university hospital for a second opinion.
The second patient took MS medication for about five years and claims her side effects included flu-like symptoms and full body pain. The second patient’s misdiagnosis was discovered after a different doctor conducted an MRI.
The neurologist has characterized the lawsuits as having no basis. Unfortunately, our personal injury and medical malpractice law firm has seen similar responses from health care providers when confronted with allegations of a misdiagnosis or other form of medical negligence. We have the experience to investigate the medical record and work with experts to understand the underlying causes behind a patient’s injuries.
Source: ClickOrlando.com, “Neurologist responds to lawsuits over MS misdiagnoses,” Mike DeForest, Aug. 30, 2016